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SPANISH ACCOMMODATION / RHODES

ΜΝΗ/ΕΜΟΣ/SΥΝΟΝ

The Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese presents the exhibition entitled "ΜΝΗ/ΕΜΟΣ/SΥΝΟΝ Knights of Rhodes 1309-1522 up close and personal".

This year is the 500th anniversary of the surrender of Rhodes to Ottoman sultan Suleiman I and the departure of the Knights Hospitaller, who were obliged to abandon the Dodecanese which they had held as a sovereign state for 216 years. They were accompanied by a substantial portion of the urban inhabitants, about three thousand people, many of whom eventually settled with them in Malta. The Greek community in Malta continued to exist until the 18th century. To mark this anniversary, the Ephorate of Antiquities of the Dodecanese presents to the public for the first time the Knights of Rhodes as an Order and as individuals. The commemorative historical exhibition ΜΝΗ/ΕΜΟΣ/SΥΝΟΝ Knights of Rhodes 1309-1522 up close and personal, is held on the first floor of the Auberge of the Language of Spain on the Street of the Knights.

The exhibition is comprised of two sections: Ιn the great hall the organization and function of the Order as a state in the period of Rhodes is presented; In the two smaller rooms, the life of the Knights themselves from the moment they joined the Order until their death, is presented. The exhibition presents who were the Knights of Rhodes (1309-1522), why they came to Rhodes, their actions and their goals. It tries to bring us closer to them by bridging the gap of five hundred years in various ways including visual messages that they too would recognize. The great hall of the Auberge presents the public face of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, contrasting theory and practice; two smaller rooms are dedicated to the personal life of the Knights Hospitaller.

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